While Microsoft Excel still dominates the spreadsheet market, Google Sheets has become the first choice for young people and beginners. But even though this program is compatible with Excel and has the same interface, many users still experience problems.
One common problem is how to change the name displayed on Google Sheets. Fortunately, we have a solution that allows you to regain full control of your spreadsheet.
Change the Display Name on Google Sheets
When working with shared documents, you may notice that your edits are named after your username and not your display name. For example, if your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, each revision of the document can be represented as done by uberhowto1234. This might describe you as unprofessional, especially if you are working with someone for the first time. If that’s the case, you need to make changes to your Google profile.
- Log in to your Google Account.
- On the left side of the screen, click Personal Info.
- Now, change the name to whatever you want! After you do, everything will be present on Google Sheets, but also Docs, Slides, and every other Google product that you use when you log in.
If you make a mistake or need to change your name again, Google will let you do it. There is only one limit, because you can’t do it more than three times a minute. This limit applies to all accounts that are more than two weeks old. Google also allows you to create nicknames, which will be used instead if you have not set your name.
How To Display Your Username When Opening Google Sheets Documents That Are Publicly Shared
When you open publicly shared documents created on Sheets, you may notice that your username is not displayed, even if you are logged in to your Google Account. Instead, the fact will be signed as Anonymous Coyote, Chipmunk, Narwhal, or other exotic animals. However, you can also notice that some users display their real names and profile pictures. This happens because Google protects your privacy. Even if you accidentally click on a link to a document that is shared publicly, the owner will not access your personal information. He will not know your username, IP address, the device you are using, or anything.
If you want to see your name and picture displayed in public documents, you must click on the green “View only” button and request editing access. Paper owners will be notified, and they can grant your wishes or refuse to do so. If so, your name will now be displayed, and everyone will see it, including anonymous users. Therefore, before asking for access, you should think twice.
Some documents shared publicly can be edited without the owner’s consent. If you make changes, your identity will still be protected. When you check your edits, you will be in the “All anonymous users” list. All you need to be careful about is leaving comments and suggestions. If you do this when you are logged in as a Google user, Google Sheets will display your username.
Please note that Google still knows your IP address, search info, device info, or geolocation, among other data. Even if you use private browsing mode when not signed in to your Google Account, Google will recognize you. The only way to protect your privacy is to use the Tor browser or virtual private network (VPN).
Why Do People Use Google Sheets?
Rough estimates suggest that Google Sheets is used by hundreds of millions of people, because it stores a large portion of the market that is dominated by Microsoft Excel. There are several reasons why Google’s solution has become such a popular choice, and one of them is accessibility. Google Sheets are available on the Cloud, and any user with a Google account can access them at any time. There’s no need to install it, and you don’t need to carry documents on a USB stick. It is available on any desktop or smartphone device after you sign in. While Microsoft Excel now has Cloud support, Google is the first to do it.
Another advantage is the price, because Google spreadsheets are free for personal use. Microsoft does offer a variety of pricing models, but it’s hard to compete when you get almost the same functionality on Sheets.
Finally, Excel users will feel comfortable when using Sheets, because the interface is very similar. Only Excel experts may have problems when working with complex functions, but that is not a disadvantage for the majority.
Control Your Identity
All Google products, including Google Sheets, are interconnected, which only reinforces the importance of setting up your Google Account. Take the time to explore the dashboard and configure it in the way that is optimal for you. Once done, you can continue to work on your Google Sheets project, knowing that you have your identity.